(WEEKLYSTANDARD) — In Newsweek’s final print edition, Michael Isikoff writes about when the magazine decided to hold the story of Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. “The decision was final: Newsweek would hold the story,” Isikoff writes, saying that “the brass wanted more work” done on the story before going to print with it.
A few days later, the story of the decade would be broken by the Drudge Report. “It didn’t take long, of course, for it to explode,” writes the former Newsweek writer. “Early Sunday morning, Internet scribe Matt Drudge popped his screaming ‘World Exclusive’: ‘NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE HOUSE INTERN … SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT.’”
Isikoff confesses that he had “certain homicidal tendencies” after being scooped. “As the truth began to unfold, and Newsweek’s insider knowledge became clear, The New York Times asked if I was suicidal when the story was spiked,” he writes. “I don’t know about suicidal, I replied.”